Watch Documentaries Online: Schedules 'Wikipedia' Documentary and More for Week of December 18

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Festival of Films - a new site offering free new movies online at - has released its schedule for the week of Dec. 18, 2010. Festival of Films provides piracy-free features, documentaries, and short films online optimized for web and mobile viewing.

Starting out the week, Festival of Films will add to its collection of new free movies online on Sunday with "Framed," a 2009 film depicting an art heist gone awry in the Welsh countryside. "Framed" stars Trevor Eve ("Troy," "David Copperfield") as a curator of London's National Gallery who encounters an ensemble of quirky small town inhabitants. Recently aired on the PBS "Masterpiece" series, "Framed" was based on Frank Cottrell Boyce's bestselling novel of the same name.

For viewers interested in discovering free documentaries online, Festival of Films will feature Dutch filmmaker IJsbrand van Veelen's "The Truth According to Wikipedia" (2008) on Monday, Dec. 19. A controversial film clocking in at under 50 minutes, "Wikipedia" offers pro- and anti-Wiki perspectives from the Wikipedia co-founders, Web 2.0 experts, a former Britannica editor, and Andrew Keen, whose book "The Culture of the Amateur" argued against the Wikipedia format.

On Tuesday, surfers looking to watch free full movies online can visit Festival of Films for "In the Time of Butterflies," a 2001 drama featuring Salma Hayek and Marc Anthony. Based on Julia Alvarez's historical novel, the film tells the story of the Dominican Republic's harsh Trujillo regime through the eyes of the Mirabel sisters.

Wednesday and Saturday will see the additions of two animated short films online. First, Festival of Films will debut "The Boy and the Tree" (2009), a poignant, magical story of a child and a tree weathering Christmas in a dreary, urban environment. Next, Saturday's animation "Wing It" is an eight-minute short following an overzealous inventor trying to discover the secret of flight - with the help of some well-intentioned aliens. "Wing It" was produced by graduate students of Cape Town, South Africa's Animation School.

Thursday, Dec. 22 will see a quartet of timely movie clips and trailers at Festival of Films to complement the site's selection of free new movies online. The site will introduce trailers from "Tinker Tailor Solder Spy," which is currently in theaters, and the upcoming war drama "War Horse." For even more information on "Tinker Tailor," based on the novel by ex-spy John le Carre, Festival of Films will provide a secondary "Anatomy of a Scene" clip narrated by director Tomas Alfredson. In the holiday spirit, Festival of Films will round out its clip selection with a segment from the 1938 classic "A Christmas Carol."

Cinephiles looking forward to "War Horse" will enjoy Friday's lineup, which features a pair of horse-themed documentaries: "Horse and Rider" and "Cloud: Challenge of the Stallions," both multipart features from PBS. While "Horse and Rider" focuses on domesticated horses, "Cloud" explores the other side of the coin in its footage of a wild stallion in the Arrowhead Mountains. After visitors watch documentaries online, they can end on a drama with "The Black Stallion Returns" (1983), which will also debut on Festival of Films on Friday.

To find out more about Festival of Films and begin watching free movies online, go to or call 631-319-0160. Festival of Films can also be found on Facebook at and Twitter at


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